I’ve been trying to gather my thoughts for several days to write this blog, but when I saw today was #FriendshipDay, I decided it was apropos to do it now.
This week the Heughligans suffered a loss. One of my co-admins, Amy, lost her husband of 29 years, unexpectedly. Bill was one of a small group of “Outmanders” who shared a love of all things Scottish and was a great help to the Heughligans and several other fan groups. Bill was a standard bearer for Outlanders United in the Tartan Day Parade in NYC this year, and helped with our fan gathering at Colonial Williamsburg.
Two years ago, when Heughan’s Heughligans was formed, I’d never have thought I’d make such deep, lasting friendships as those I’ve cultivated within the Outlander fandom. We may have been brought together “all because she wrote a book,” but we’ve remained together because of love. My fellow Heughligans are like sisters (and brothers!) I never had. We’ve shared our ups and downs, witnessed births and deaths, supported each other through hardships, and celebrated each other’s successes. I may have never met you, we might not live in the same city, state, or even country….but, that doesn’t make our friendships any less valuable than those in my own hometown. Your heartbreak, is my heartbreak. Your loss is my loss.
Take a moment to tell those you love just what they mean to you. Send them a message, tweet them, call them, write an old fashioned letter. Whatever you do, let them know what they mean to you….
So, Heughligans, this blog is for you. I appreciate each and every one of you. I’m grateful that you allow me to do this “job”, you are my happy place, you are my rock, you make me laugh daily, we are FANmily. To my fellow admins, I say this: I love you. You get me through life. I don’t know what I’d do without you. Thank you.